Batman Arkham Knight Graphics Options Explained and Graphics Settings

Written by Felix Nova on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 7:31 PM
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Batman Arkham Knight had a little bit of a bumpy ride today, during its release on PC, but Nvidia and AMD both pulled out some quick fix drivers and this seems to have helped a bit.

As usual I figured we should have a quick look at the graphics setting options available and then we would start rolling out some Batman Arkham Knight benchmark videos.

Lets get straight in and take a look at the graphics options available on our Nvidia GTX 670 machine. Here is the Batman Arkham Knight graphics options screen.

You can click that image to expand it.

Graphics Options available in BAK include

  • Display Mode: Full Screen, window
  • Resolution: 640x480 through to 1920x1080 (on this machine)
  • V-Synch: On or Off
  • Anti-Aliasing: On or Off
  • Texture Resolution: Low (2GB VRAM) or Normal (3GB VRAM) for our GTX 670
  • Shadow Quality: Low Medium High
  • Level of Detail: Low Medium High

Arkham Knight has NVIDIA Gameworks features available on our machine. Here is our brief explanation of these new gimmicky nuggets of graphical physics. We are putting a video together so you can see for yourselves if you want them turned on or not. And rest assured, if you turn them on they will eat into your Frame Rate.

Arkham Knights Interactive Smoke & Fog
This uses all your CUDA Cores from your Nvidia GTX PC, to deliver interactive particles that would be too much for a processor alone to render. The smoke particles move realistically around obstacles and across surfaces. All the particles rendered are affected by environmental conditions and character movement or external forces. An extra enhancement comes from Particle Shadow Mapping, which when enabled, particle self-shadowing and the casting of shadows on surfaces.

Arkham Knights Interactive Paper Debris
Similar to the smoke particle physics the world of Batman is dark and grimy, this technology liberally scatters paper around the streets and then uses your NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs to render those bits of paper and other debris so that it realistically reacts to the passing of the character. In simple words, it adds some flavour and realism to the Batman Arkham Knight Gotham city experience.

Arkham Knights Enhanced Rain
This is a new GameWorks effect created entirely for Batman Arkham Knight. And in particular it is a PC only option that makes use of the PC's extra power. In short this is super game rain. The new visual effect spawns additional rain particles with simulated velocity when Batman’s cape opens for flight. You know in real life when rain hits something hard and then the rain practically bounces off it? Well thats what happens on Batmans cape when he is flying through the rain and you have this Enhanced Rain option turned on.

As I said, I will be delivering another video later on with a comparison of how the Nvidia GameWorks options effect your Frame Rates and what they look like, so you can choose whether to play with them turned on or off. Oh and you have to reload the game if you adjust the BAK Nvidia GameWorks settings and want them to take effect. Meanwhile dont forget to pop over to our Batman free game giveaway comp, its free to enter.

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20:35 Jun-24-2015

nvidia fanboys developers detected

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13:23 Jun-24-2015

Shall we optimize the PC version ? Nah, leave it to Iron Galaxy I'm sure they can handle it. We are only interested in PS4 and XOne sales.

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11:29 Jun-24-2015

i keep remembering this post about nvidia gameworks,BEWARE every gfx owner apart from maxwell guys.First project cars,witcher 3 and now BAK....


https://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/367qav/mark_my_word_if_we_dont_stop_the_nvidia_gameworks/


Nvidia gameworks-The way its meant to be played.(Will be coming soon instead of nvidia only.)

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11:04 Jun-24-2015

Without using nvidia gameworks game is near to smooth on 1080p

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10:48 Jun-24-2015

Bad port, but they still managed to implement the Nvidia crap.

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20:14 Jun-24-2015

And even then it runs like garbage for NVIDIA and AMD users alike.

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06:56 Jun-24-2015

Rocksteady: Is the game ready for PC?
Iron Galaxy: We did the best we could
Rocksteady: Good, lets ship it then
Iron Galaxy: Aren't you guys going to send it through QA?
Rocksteady: Who cares, just ship it.

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09:02 Jun-24-2015

lol
it's true that no body cares about the gamers anymore...they just want money

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I care about gamers and about money.


Over generalization by the way, being pessimistic is not equal to being wise.

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04:14 Jun-24-2015

I didn't buy anything during the Steam summer sale just so I could get Arkham Knight... ;_;

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09:52 Jun-24-2015

GG. There were a whackton of good games for sale last SSS. cry
You have my sympathy, brother. :(

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02:01 Jun-24-2015

running on Normal that requires 3GB on a gtx 670 that has 2gb? is that good?

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06:48 Jun-24-2015

No and you know why. Because the game is broken. For all nvidia and amd cards. Its stuttering, frame rate drops below 10.

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09:38 Jun-24-2015

what a shame, I was looking forward to getting this game

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01:06 Jun-24-2015

Yet another game that was released in a broken state. Do developers think we like downloading 10 patches for each game!? My copy of Arkham Knight is sitting on my shelf, and it will stay there until they fix this crap!

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22:04 Jun-23-2015

Buying games on release date (mostly pc) is like buying a game that's still in Beta. U re paying to be a beta tester. Some games have better beta's than others but the majority games require heavy patching b4 reaching enjoyable quality

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21:43 Jun-23-2015

Rumours are that the PC port wasn't done by Rocksteady, it was done a dev called Iron Galaxy Studios who ported Arkham Origins...This game is a mess.

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02:34 Jun-24-2015

Yep, not a rumour but a fact

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21:24 Jun-23-2015

I turned off the Nvidia special effects for now and gave me 60 stable FPS so far, with drops down to 50+ maybe, but mostly 60, so its perfectly playable, just the effects of Nvidia drags down the FPS... once they optimize that a bit in case they can, it would be great. And I play on 2560x1080.

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21:18 Jun-23-2015

Anti-aliasing: On/Off
Ok I'm done

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21:44 Jun-23-2015

Literally no comments on that one. How could they have fcked it up this bad...

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Outsourcing to an incompetent studio, just like with Elder Scrolls Online.

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05:56 Jun-24-2015

Witcher 3 got the same options for Anti-aliasing !!

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well.., that's disappointing.

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stupid optimization

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20:28 Jun-23-2015

I cannot express enough how disappointed I am with the game right now. Hopefully the game is fixed and soon, with actual graphical options, I saw so many in the ini file, just give those options to us.

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the game is not optimized for AMD

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20:53 Jun-23-2015

That right there is the problem. But I'm guessing these problems aren't just affecting AMD users.

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20:54 Jun-23-2015

The game is not optimized for anybody.

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20:05 Jun-23-2015

Absolutely same but my V-sync is on and i had no problems

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19:58 Jun-23-2015

LOL AC Unity has a competitor for the worst optimized game ever award.

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No, it doesn't. This game won that race by a long shot. I've never seen a game run so terribly. Rocksteady should be ashamed.

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AT least ac unity is unoptimized for both consoles and pc but this game is optimized for ps4 and pc not :(

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Don't forget GTA IV... Even to this day I still can't max it and get a steady 60 FPS.

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Agreed. GTA 4 remains one of the top 5 worst optimized games!

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I have mad respect for Ubisoft now haha, this sorry excuse of a port though seriously

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19:52 Jun-23-2015

lol The settings are essentially On and Off for everything. These options are a joke. People complained a lot that GTA5 had a rocky launch, but compare the quality of that port to this. This is just lazy in its purest form.

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GTA V was a great port, it ran just as expected.

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